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Rock Steady Boxing for People with Parkinson’s Comes to St. Bernards Health & Wellness

Nov 26, 2018

Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease, is now available at St. Bernards Health & Wellness in Jonesboro.

Rock Steady Boxing classes will begin January 1, with pre-program assessments currently underway.

The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.

“We are thrilled to bring this program to northeast Arkansas,” said Paul Pickens, director of St. Bernards Health & Wellness. “As a true medical wellness facility, we strive to offer programs aimed at keeping the body healthy, no matter what stage of life or diagnosis someone might face. We are excited to see the progress Parkinson’s patients will make in regards to balance, rigidity and motion.”

This will be the first Rock Steady Boxing program in this area of the state.

An open house and orientation, which is an opportunity for Parkinson’s patients and their families to learn more about the program, will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 29. Additional orientation events will be held on the first Friday of each month. Attendees will get to hear about Rock Steady and see some of the exercises demonstrated. The events will be held at St. Bernards Health & Wellness, 1416 E. Matthews Ave.

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. In 2012, the Training was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are over 700 Rock Steady Boxing affiliate programs around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing “Coaches.” All completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified.

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